# 8.2: Functions for Manipulating Symbolic Expressions

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Function Result

collect

Collects coefficients of like powers in an expression.

expand

Expands an expression by carrying out jpowers.

factor

Factors an expression.

poly2sym

Converts a polynomial coefficient vector to a symbolic polynomial.

pretty

Displays an expression in a form that resembles typeset mathematics.

simple

Searches for the shortest form of an expression.

simplify

Simplifies an expression using Maple’s simplification rules.

subs

Substitutes variables or expressions.

sym2poly

Converts an expression to a polynomial coefficient vector.

8.2: Functions for Manipulating Symbolic Expressions is shared under a CC BY 1.3 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Brian Vick, Virginia Tech.